Science Teacher Opportunities

Part of our mission is to help spread the word about opportunities for teachers, teacher leaders, and classrooms, whether they are sponsored by OSTA or not. Check this space regularly for updated information on professional development opportunities, student opportunities, and more!

FREE Teacher Opportunities

Teachers' Night Out

Teachers’ Night Out is a free annual event where 250-300 teachers from all throughout Central Oregon come to the High Desert Museum to network and learn about educational programs/resources available to students, parents, and teachers for the school year. We have approximately 30 community partners that showcase their programs. Thursday, September 19, 6-8pm. Click here to learn more.

OCSTA Fall Conference

Please join us for Oregon CSTA Fall Conference on October 5th hosted by Oregon Tech in Wilsonville. The theme is broadening participation in computing. Hear from state and regional leaders, learn about national trends, network with peers, attend sessions to strengthen your skills, socialize and have fun.

This free event includes lunch. For detailed schedule information, click here to learn more and register. October 5, 9am-4pm.

paid opportunity: pilot curriculum for oregon ag in the classroom

American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture (AFBFA) is seeking middle and high school science teachers, preferably in urban districts, who might be interested in applying to participate in a paid pilot of curriculum (see info below) in their classrooms in mid-October.

Selected science teachers:

Would receive a $1,000 stipend for piloting a unit with a classroom of students, collecting student data and submitting feedback.

Would be required to attend a five-day pilot institute on instructional materials and best practices in NGSS instruction which will be held from October 14th through October 18th. The location of the institute is yet to be determined. All travel expenses will be covered.

Interested teachers should complete the online form. For questions contact

Omsi Teacher Open House

Join your peers at this year's upcoming Annual Teacher Open House to network and learn about educational resources available to you this school year. Experience our new featured exhibit, Exquisite Creatures, explore our exhibit halls, including our new Innovation Stations and Epicenter earthquake simulator, and learn about ways to enrich your classroom curriculum while enjoying complimentary light refreshments, raffles, and more!

Pre-registration is required to attend but free, so don't forget to register. Click here to register. October 18, 5-9pm.

FREE Online Courses

Climate Change: The Science and Global Impact

Climate change is arguably the greatest challenge of our time. Human activity has already warmed the planet by one degree Celsius relative to pre-industrial times, and we are feeling the effects through record heat waves, droughts, wildfires and flooding. If we continue to burn fossil fuels at the current rate, the planet will reach two degrees of warming by 2050 - the threshold that many scientists have identified as a dangerous tipping point. What is the science behind these projections?

Join climate scientist expert Michael Mann to learn about the basic scientific principles behind climate change and global warming. We need to understand the science in order to solve the broader environmental, societal and economic changes that climate change is bringing. Click here to learn more and register.

K-12 Earthquake Science Professional Development Opportunity

The University of Portland STEM Education and Outreach Center offers a self-paced on-line Cascadia Earthquake Education course. The course is organized into four modules that introduce plate tectonics and earthquake science then apply this general knowledge specifically to Cascadia Earthquakes and Tsunamis. Within each chapter, a video lecture (or series of video lectures) introduces the topic, along with additional videos and animations. Most chapters contain lesson plans for classroom activities and demonstrations. These lesson plans were designed for middle school students but can be adapted to elementary, high school, and college levels. Each lesson plan specifies the Next Generation Science Standards addressed. Most lesson plans have an accompanying set of supporting resources such as student worksheets and answer keys. It is estimated that it will take about 28 hours to complete the course, so successful completion of the course will result in receipt of a certificate for 28 PDUs (28 clock hours for WA teachers). If you have an interest and would like to register for the course, please send your preferred email address to: Bob Butler, University of Portland Professor Emeritus, You will then receive information on how to access this free on-line course!


This course offering from the Stanford NGSS Assessment Project (SNAP) is designed to guide participants in exploring the role performance assessment can play in helping their students meet the goals of the Next Generation Science Standards. Participants will learn SNAP's strategies for analyzing what an assessment is evaluating, analyzing multidimensional student data, and making instructional decisions based on student evidence. Participants will have opportunities throughout the course to practice using these strategies with sample short performance assessments (20 minute tasks) and student data. To learn more and register, click here.


The Stanford NGSS Assessment Project guides collaborative groups of participants through SNAP's process of developing multidimensional performance assessments for the Next Generation Science Standards. Participants will learn about the design of NGSS performance assessments by examining a sample classroom assessment, and they will learn to use SNAP's tools for planning, designing, and evaluating high-quality performance assessments. To learn more and register, click here.

Teacher Training/Courses

OSTA Fall Conference on Science Education

Our organization's annual conference features keynote speaker Okhee Lee, concurrent sessions on October 11 and workshop and field trip opportunities on October 12. To learn more, visit our 2019 Fall Conference page. See you in Eugene!

Introduction to Argument-Driven Inquiry 101

This workshop is an introduction to the Argument-Driven Inquiry (ADI) instructional model. Participants will first learn about the limitations of typical laboratory instruction and why ADI can help all students develop the knowledge and skills they need to be proficient in science.Next, the participants will have an opportunity to learn about the ADI instructional model by participating in all eight stages of an actual ADI lab investigation from start to finish. The participants will then have time to reflect on their experiences during the lab investigation and ask clarifying questions. From there, the participants will learn about scientific arguments and how ADI is aligned with state standards for Science and English- Language Arts. This October 25 workshop will have two sessions: one for 6-12th grade teachers and one for 3-5th grade teachers. Follow the links to learn more and register for secondary and elementary.


Attendees will build a vast selection of human body systems by applying clay onto MANIKENĀ® models. This active hands-on approach to anatomy reinforces learning and empowers attendees with a strong sense of accomplishment. The activity of building the human from the inside out reverses the traditional method of learning anatomy - through dissection - with proven results. View the flyer to learn more. November 1-2, Beaverton Health and Science School.

Student/Classroom Opportunities

Girls in Aviation Day

What: an opportunity to engage in the exploration of careers in STEM manufacturing with an onsite tour* at Boeing Portland. A joint project with the American Chemical Society Portland Local Section

Who: geared towards young ladies ages 12-17 – SPACE IS LIMITED!

When: Saturday, October 5th, 2019, 10am-2pm

Where: Boeing Portland

RSVP: Angela Irvine, ( by Friday, September 20th, 2019

Aquifer Adventure

Big and little pirates alike are welcome to join us for a family festival all about groundwater! Play fun games and go on a scavenger hunt in search of hidden treasure - not gold, but groundwater, a precious resource that flows beneath your feet! Come dressed in yer finest pirate togs, or else the Cap’n might make ye walk the plank! Free kids T-shirts to the first 300 kids!

Activities include:

  • A treasure hunt
  • Canoe rides
  • Face painting
  • Hands-on science activities
  • Ice cream aquifers and much more!

FREE! No registration required. All activities (including 15-minute canoe rides) are free and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Learn more at:

This event is great for all ages, especially children kindergarten through third grade! Event takes place September 14 at the Portland Water Bureau Launch.

Happening: A Clean Energy Film and Curriculum 

Watch as Robert Redford’s son James Redford explores the factors driving the transition to clean energy in his feature documentary HAPPENING. To further engage students, the Redford Center created TEACHING HAPPENING, an interdisciplinary, modular curriculum developed to work alongside HAPPENING. Click here to watch a short trailer.

Free to teachers, the classroom version of the film runs 50 minutes and the curriculum supports MS-ESS3-3. Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment. To access your free HAPPENING streaming link and educational curriculum, click here.


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